Yesterday, we embraced Earth Day, and today is the day we celebrate office assistants, managers and receptionists (but, really, they should be recognized every day, because sometimes they don’t have the easiest of jobs, especially if you work for someone like Michael Scott). So, in honor of this special day, here are a few, 10 to be exact, favorite women and men we know and love for their assistant skills, and, of course, also being kick ass.
1. Pam Halpert née Beesly, ‘The Office’
Dunder Mifflin, Scranton’s most prestigious paper company, wouldn’t have run as smoothly as it did without the help of Pam Beesly. For years she sat at that front desk answering calls, putting up with Michael’s shenanigans, planning pranks with Jim (oh, she also fell in love with this perfect man), and, of course, handling her daily duties. Eventually, Pam became the office manager and handed over her receptionist responsibilities to Erin.
2. Lloyd Lee, ‘Entourage’
Unlike Ari Gold’s previous assistants, Lloyd was one who could deal with Ari’s frequent barbs at his sexuality and ethnicity. Despite his rude remarks, Lloyd was still a pretty amazing assistant, always going above and beyond for his boss, and remaining loyal to Ari after his termination. As the series progressed, Lloyd finally moved on up in the world by becoming an agent and then even taking on the role of the head of TMA’s TV division.
3. Donna Paulsen, ‘Suits’
What makes Donna the best assistant? She know’s everything, in addition to her boss, top-notch lawyer Harvey Specter, inside and out. From that gorgeous red hair to her fabulous style to her inside jokes with Harvey (the can opener ritual?) to handling Louis Litt like it’s nobody’s business, Donna beats out all of the assistants in this fake lawyer world.
4. Waylon Smithers, ‘The Simpsons’
You could say Waylon Smithers probably has the worst boss in all of the cartoon world -- I mean, his boss, Mr. Burns, is the evil owner of Springfield’s Nuclear Power Plant. No matter the issue, Smithers takes care of the situation and continues to remain obedient. After all, that’s that what an executive and personal assistant does, right? Well, maybe in Springfield.
5. Joan Harris and Peggy Olson, ‘Mad Men’
Taking place in the ‘60s, ‘Mad Men’ showcases a time where men have all the power, but not for Joan Harris (née Holloway) and Peggy Olson. They first started out as an office manager (Joan) and secretary to Don Draper (Peggy) at Sterling Cooper advertising agency, but now these two ladies are making a name for themselves in the advertising world. Joan worked her way up to a Junior Partner, and as for Peggy, she turned herself into a copywriter.
6. Jonathan, ‘30 Rock’
Sometimes you have that one office relationship (between an assistant and his/her boss) where the boss can do no wrong -- just ask Jonathan, who worked for Jack Donaghy on '30 Rock.' Jonathan obsessively admired Jack, and some might say he was even in love with him. In being Jack’s assistant, Jonathan had nothing but disdain for Liz Lemon, who he considered unworthy of Jack’s attention.
7. Marc, Betty and Amanda, ‘Ugly Betty’
Here we have the three amigos, or should I say fashionistas? They might’ve not got along at first, but they became good friends by ‘Ugly Betty’s end. Anyways, we have two assistants (Marc for Wilhelmina, Betty for Daniel) and a receptionist (Amanda for Mode magazine). In the end, and after many fashion hazards and scandals, Marc found himself as Mode’s creative director, Betty moved to London to run a magazine and Amanda worked her way up to a fashion stylist.
8. Carol Kester, ‘The Bob Newhart Show’
Now, let’s go back to TV’s past with the late Marcia Wallace’s portrayal of Carol Kester on ‘The Bob Newhart Show.’ Not only was she the receptionist for psychologist Robert Hartley (Newhart) and orthodontist Jerry Robinson at their practice (they shared an office suite), but she was also known for her quick-witted ways. Per usual Wallace fashion, she was hilarious and played the part beautifully.
9. Jennifer Marlowe, ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’
In keeping with the classics, let’s talk Loni Anderson’s Jennifer Marlowe on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati.’ Jennifer was always clear on detailing what exactly she did as a receptionist aka they “receive.” They take messages, answer phones and provide comfort, but they do not type, “unless it’s for a very good cause.”
10. Kitty Sanchez, ‘Arrested Development’
Lastly, we have ‘Arrested Development’s Kitty Sanchez, who was once George Bluth’s personal assistant, in addition to being his mistress and confidant. Most likely, she’s not remembered for her work as an “assistant,” but rather for her obsessive affair with George, which led to countless crazy and off the wall moments.